Fa­mous faces among high­lights at Barn­aby

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

BROA D C A S T E R Nick Robin­son and TV astro­physi­cist Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox are among the high­lights of the im­pres­sive line-up at this year’s Barn­aby Festival.

Jour­nal­ist and for­mer BBC po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Nick Robin­son, who was born in Prest­bury and is one of Mac­cles­field’s most fa­mous faces, is mak­ing a re­turn to the town to ap­pear at the fam­ily festival of arts and cul­ture, which runs from June 17 to 26.

He will give a talk Space for De­bate on Fri­day, June 17, from 7.45pm to 9pm at King Ed­ward Street Chapel. Nick will ex­plore the de­bate around free speech and ar­gue that the con­cept of a ‘safe space’, where re­fer­ring to cer­tain ideas is banned to avoid caus­ing of­fence, is a threat to open de­bate.

Then on Satur­day, June 18, peo­ple will have a chance to dis­cuss in­flu­ences, im­par­tial­ity and po­lit­i­cal life with Nick at an event called In Con­ver­sa­tion with Nick Robin­son from 11am to 12.30pm at St Michael’s Church.

Or­gan­is­ers are also ex­cited to an­nounce that Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox will ap­pear this year, at a Two Pro­fes­sors and the Uni­verse event with Pro­fes­sor Tim O’Brien, as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor of Jo­drell Bank, on Satur­day, June 18, 2.30pm to 4pm at St Michael’s Church.

Karl Wal­lace, Barn­aby di­rec­tor, said: “It’s an ex­cit­ing year as we de­velop the festival.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come home Nick Robin­son, one of Mac­cles­field’s most fa­mous faces who will host two events for us.

“To cel­e­brate the theme of space and as part of our larger science pro­gramme we will be host­ing an ‘in con­ver­sa­tion’ event with Tim O’Brien and Brian Cox as one of our head­line events.

“We have been plan­ning this in se­cret for a while so it’s great to re­veal this along with some of our other ex­cit­ing events.”

An­other fa­mous Mac­cles­field res­i­dent, New Or­der drum­mer Stephen Mor­ris, will ap­pear at Barn­aby’s mu­sic venue The Gimp Twister Mu­sic Lounge which will run all week­end from Fri­day, June 17 at St Michael’s church­yard.

Mu­sic high­lights also in­clude an exclusive dou­ble bill with John Bramwell, of rock band I Am Kloot, per­form­ing with is Sam Duck­worth, for­merly of the band Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, on Satur­day, June 18, from 8.30pm to 11pm at St Michael’s Church.

To take part, email mail@ barn­abyfes­ti­val. org.uk or visit barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk. ●● FOR a full list of festival high­lights see pages 22 and 23

John Bramwell from rock band I am Kloot (left) will per­form at St Michael’s Church, while Ra­dio 4 Today pro­gramme pre­sen­ter Nick Robin­son will give two talks at this year’s Barn­aby Festival

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●● Bobby Fox-Cooper, six, got the VIP treat­ment at the Eti­had

●● Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox will make two ap­pear­ances

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